Not all man-made structure is beneficial to society though, as religion is one of those constructs. It seemed both Dublin and Belfast, though open to conversations about God, had no real grasp on the character and love God has for them because of the religious concepts they were taught growing up.
Maybe as a subconscious way of countering that attitude, the prevailing thought amongst the team in our devotional times was the intimacy that our relationship in Christ can be filled with. Paul describes Him as the bridegroom and us the bride in Ephesians, marriage being the most intimate relationship humans can comprehend while on the Earth. And again in 1 Corinthians 6:17, we are joined unto the Lord as one spirit.
Religion is a trap we set for God that we always get caught up in ourselves. It’s an easy way to put finite brackets around an infinite God. But in Psalm 91:3, the psalmist tells us that God will surely deliver us from the snare of the fowler (even if we are the fowler). He’s waiting to show people caught up in religion just how intimate He can be in their lives, to give them mercy in Proverbs 28:13 and Jeremiah 3:13-16, to convince them they are the children of promise in Galatians 4:31, and to fill their longing hearts with love in Romans 5:5.